Corporate Updates – 27-09-2017

Ministry of Labour & Employment

The Ministry of Labour & Employment has launched the Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal at the National Conference on Child Labour organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. The PENCIL is an electronic platform that aims at involving Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society and the general public in achieving the target of child labour free society. Ministry has also launched the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the enforcement of legal framework against child labour. The SOP is aimed at creating a ready reckoner for trainers, practitioners and monitoring agencies to ensure complete prohibition of child labour and protection of adolescents from hazardous labour ultimately leading to Child Labour Free India. The PENCIL Portal ( has various components, namely Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National Child Labour Project and Convergence. The Districts will nominate District Nodal Officers (DNOs) who will receive the complaints and within 48 hours of receiving, they will check the genuineness of the complaint and take the rescue measures in coordination with police, if the complaint is found to be genuine.


CBEC has notified the amendments to the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Imported Goods) Rules 2007, which may be called the Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Imported Goods) Amendment Rules, 2017 and shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette. These rules lays that “place of importation” means the customs station, where the goods are brought for being cleared for home consumption or for being removed for deposit in a warehouse;” and “The value of the imported goods shall include the cost of transport, loading, unloading and handling charges associated with the delivery of the imported goods to the place of importation and the cost of insurance to the place of importation”. Further, where the cost of insurance is not ascertainable, such cost shall be 1.125% of free on board value of the goods. It is also clarified that if the goods imported by sea or air and transshipped to another customs station in India, the cost of insurance, transport, loading, unloading, handling charges associated with such transshipment shall be excluded.

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